VRX Silica Limited (VRX or Company) is pleased to announce that further Aboriginal heritage surveys have been completed at its Arrowsmith North Silica Sand Project (Arrowsmith North) and Arrowsmith Central Silica Sand Project (Arrowsmith Central), located approximately 270km north of Perth in Western Australia.
- Aboriginal heritage surveys were carried out at Arrowsmith Central Silica Sand Project this month.
- Complementary to Aboriginal heritage surveys completed at Arrowsmith North Silica Sand Project in September 2021.
- Archaeological and ethnographic clearance granted for works over long-term mining and critical infrastructure areas at Arrowsmith Projects.
Two more comprehensive archaeological and ethnographic surveys over proposed mining and critical infrastructure areas were completed over the past four months with representatives of the Yamatji Southern Regional Corporation (YSRC) and SandS CRM personnel.
Preliminary advice received by the Company from YSRC confirms that all proposed long-term mining and associated infrastructure areas are clear for the stated works to proceed. These areas include the 360ha Arrowsmith North mine disturbance envelope, allowing for 30 years of mining, and 485ha of the Arrowsmith Central mine disturbance envelope that will allow for 20 years of mining.
VRX’s Managing Director Bruce Maluish said: “Finalising the Aboriginal heritage clearance for our proposed works on both Arrowsmith North and Arrowsmith Central is an important step forward in the development of our silica sand projects”.
“It also continues our strong and supportive relationship and consultative approach with the local Yamatji Nation. We appreciate their efforts in progressing the conduct of the surveys and reports and look forward to continuing to work closely with them as we progress project development.”
The two surveys found no isolated artifacts nor any previously unrecorded suspected Aboriginal archaeological sites.